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Imaginary Theatre Company

ITC_Logo_Preferred_cmyk.pngImaginary Theatre Company (ITC) is The Rep’s resident professional touring ensemble. Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales and new adaptations of classic works, ITC is committed to bringing the very finest in theatre for young audiences to nearly 20,000 students each season.

We’re proud to present our 2019-2020 ITC Season:

The Ant and the Grasshopper

Book, music and lyrics by Brian Hohlfeld

Recommended for grades K-3
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: October 21, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Sensory Friendly Performances: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm November 23, 2019 (More info)
Non-Sensory Friendly Public Performance: 3 pm November 23, 2019 (More info)

Preparations for winter are underway, and no one is working harder than the ant family. When a zany, unproductive grasshopper arrives, he provides a welcome distraction for Little Ant, who finds work dull and repetitive. However, when the difficult winter season arrives, the grasshopper finds himself begging for help from the prepared ant family. Will they lend a hand to their lazy friend, or will the grasshopper be left out in the cold? Join us for this musical adaptation of a classic tale about the importance of hard work, and the value of fun and friendship!

Curriculum Connections:

  • Aesop’s fables
  • Understanding and appreciating the value of others
  • Themes of selfishness, growth and change

The Elves and the Shoemaker

by Sarah Brandt
Music and lyrics by Neal Richardson

Recommended for all ages
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: November 11 – December 20, 2019
Public Performances: December 21-23, 2019 (More info)

When a kindly shoemaker gives his only remaining pair of shoes to a cold and hungry beggar woman, he finds his good deed rewarded in unexpected ways. The shoemaker is shocked by the appearance of elves who turn his simple shoe shop into a great success, thrilling customers with their special creations. Based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm, this beloved, warm-hearted story is perfect for the holiday season, reminding us that where we find kindness, generosity and hope, anything is possible.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Adaptations of classic works
  • Themes of generosity and kindness
  • Holiday traditions

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Book by Melvin Tunstall III
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons
Based on an original concept by Douglas Lyons

Recommended for grades 4-6
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: January 13 – March 15, 2020
Public Performances at The Rep: January 25 and February 1, 2020 (More info)
Free Public Performances: 1 and 3 p.m. February 8, 2020 at the Missouri History Museum (More info)

The “Squares Only” town of Rockaway turns upside down when Lily Polkadot arrives. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, everything seems hopeless until Lily meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her different skin leads to an unexpected friendship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock Nine, this musical serves as a colorful history lesson, reminding us that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Adaptations of historical events
  • Themes of acceptance, growth, and friendship
  • Understanding and appreciating the differences in others

Additional Resources

Study Guide

Free interdisciplinary study guides are emailed to teachers at least two weeks prior to performance dates. Study guides include information on the play and production, as well as activity suggestions and worksheets for classroom use.

Q-and-A with the Actors

Free 15-minute Q-and-A sessions are available immediately following a performance to provide students with an opportunity to meet the actors and discuss the show.


Custom hands-on workshops, presented by the professional cast of Imaginary Theatre Company, are offered as an enhancement to the theatre experience and a supplement to classroom learning. Using theatre exercises, students will explore the discipline and skills used by actors to create characters and communicate meaning. Specific activities are chosen based on the participants’ grade level.

Booking Information​

For more information or to book the Imaginary Theatre Company, call (314) 968-7344 or e-mail the Education Department.


Touring (Same Day Bookings):

  • One performance starts at $375
  • Two services start at $675
  • Three services start at $1,010

Study guides are included in your cost and will be e-mailed to you prior to the first scheduled performance. An additional educational component at no extra cost is an optional 15-minute Q&A with the actors immediately following each performance.

Fees vary. Actual cost is determined by the distance to be traveled, if an overnight stay is required, the total number of days involved, and the various combinations of performances and workshops.

  • A service is defined as a performance or a workshop.
  • No workshop can be scheduled without a performance.
  • A three-performance day must be of the same play.
  • Services can be delivered in no more than two locations on any scheduled workday.

For statewide touring dates, the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) may grant awards to Missouri-based presenters. Grant requests must be submitted to MAC at least two months prior to the contracted performance date(s). For touring dates outside of Missouri, financial awards may be available through your state arts council.